Swipe File: Pixar Borrow A Move Or Two From Todd And Frida

There's a long history of animators using live action reference footage, and anybody who has ever drilled their way through a Disney DVD's special features will have seen the admission of this. Here's a nice, specific example that shows how Pixar can bypass the need for having a choreographer on the payroll when putting together a dance sequence.

So, first of all, watch this clip of Woody and Jessie having a doing the Collegiate Shag. It was made to play in the intermission of the Toy Story and Toy Story 2 3D double feature that played a year or so ago.

And now check out the first pair of dancers moves in this lindyhop video (via Yehoodi). The dancing kicks in, almost literally, at around the 35 seconds mark.

So, the routine has been trimmed for Woody and Jessie (they aren't professionals after all) but you can definitely see the same moves, almost always in the same order. My sweet lord* – it's not just a coincidence, is it?

In Swipe File we present two or more images that resemble each other to some degree. They may be homages, parodies, ironic appropriations, coincidences or works of the lightbox. We trust you, the reader, to make that judgment yourself.  If you are unable to do so, please return your eyes to their maker before any further damage is done. The Swipe File doesn't judge, it's interested more in the process of creation, how work influences other work, how new work comes from old, and sometimes how the same ideas emerge simultaneously, as if their time has just come. The Swipe File was named after the advertising industry habit where writers and artist collect images and lines they admire to inspire them in their work. It was swiped from the Comic Journal who originally ran this column, as well as the now defunct Swipe Of The Week website.

*Yes, I know. My wording here definitely wasn't a coincidence.